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Ireland's Ciara Mageean recovers from her Olympics disappointment in stunning fashion

The Portaferry runner knocked five seconds off her personal best tonight

Ciara Mageean (file pic).
Ciara Mageean (file pic).
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

IRISH ATHLETE CIARA Mageean recovered from her Olympics disappointment superbly this evening, as she took over five seconds off her personal best in tonight’s Diamond League event in Paris.

Mageean finished 11th in the 1500m semi-final at the Rio Olympics with a time of 4:08.07, and subsequently vowed to come back “stronger, faster and better,” having had a torrid time with injuries in recent years.

And the 24-year-old backed up those words with a stunning performance tonight. Mageean finished ninth in her event this evening, knocking more than five seconds off her 1500m personal best with a time of 4:01.46.

The Portaferry runner is now second on Ireland’s all-time list in the 1500m behind the legendary Sonia O’Sullivan, who secured the record with a time of 3:58.85 in Monaco in 1995.

While Mageean’s performance in Rio was just two-hundredths of a second outside her season’s best, the Down native was still disappointed at failing to build on previous momentum, having claimed a bronze medal at the European Championships a month prior to the Games.

Britain’s Laura Muir won the race in impressive fashion, clocking a time of 3:55.22.

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